November 4, 2010

2010 Tiger Mailbag: 24th edition

Each Thursday, publisher Gabe DeArmond will answer questions from subscribers in our Tiger Mailbag. This feature will allow for longer, more in-depth answers than you may get on the message board on a daily basis. To have your question in next week's mailbag, send an email to Gabe at [email protected] On to this week's inquiries:

dspfzf asks: Do you think the coaches rely too heavily on film for their game plans? Or are the schemes too complicated that they create too much confusion when we see a completely different look from the opposition as evidenced by our offensive line play against Nebraska and Colorado.

I'm not sure what else they could rely on. You break down every play of the other team to scout tendencies and figure out what they're going to do against certain looks. If Bo Pelini truly managed to install a completely different look and game plan for this game in a week, then he deserves a ton of credit. Pelini can coach, there's no doubt. In addition, sometimes the guy across from you beats you. That's what happened on Saturday. Missouri didn't play well. But Nebraska did. And the Huskers deserve all the credit in the world for that win. They just flat out whipped Missouri at pretty much every position. Their defensive line was better than Missouri's offensive line. Their secondary was better than Missouri's receivers. Their offensive line was better than the Tigers' defensive line. No scheme was going to change that. Tip your cap.

mjkstl asks: If you were allowed to ask one question off the record and get a 100% truthful answer, do you know what that one question would be?

Now that's a fun question. I've got three, one for each of the guys in charge.

For Mike Alden: Give me the start to finish breakdown of what went down with the Big Ten discussions. Did you think it was a done deal and if you had to do it over again, what would you change?

For Mike Anderson: By percentage, how many college basketball coaches break the rules in recruiting and give me your top five dirtiest coaches.

For Gary Pinkel: Was there ever a time where you thought this program would NOT get turned around?

da bears 20 asks: Any idea on the teams mentality going into the Tech game? After two extremely difficult games, I think it's natural to overlook a 4-4 team. Do you think they come outamped up like OU or a little flat, like the San Diego State game (and yea, I know they scored on the first possession, but they were lackadasical after that)?

Honestly, that's a question that nobody, including Gary Pinkel, can really answer until Saturday night after kickoff. I mean, the team SAID all the right things headed into the Nebraska game. But it was fairly obvious 12 minutes in that Missouri wasn't ready to go at kickoff. If Pinkel knew that before the game, he'd have done something to change it. I've almost never heard a coach say, "I just knew by being around the team that we weren't going to play well." The fact is, it's a question we simply can't answer. My guess is that the loss gets them refocused and they play well because they know there's no way they can lose another game and achieve the season's goals. But it's just a guess.

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